The Churning of the Ocean of Milk, ca. 1780-90. Creator: Unknown
The Churning of the Ocean of Milk, ca. 1780-90. At the time of the great deluge aeons ago, many treasures— including amrita, the nectar of immortality—were lost beneath the primordial ocean. Gods and demons still jockeying for power decided to raise these powerful objects from the watery depths. They harnessed the serpent Vasuki as a rope to turn Mount Mandara and Vishnu assumed his tortoise avatar to support the giant pivot. The demons, tricked into pulling the head of the snake, were weakened by its poisonous breath. Here, many of the treasures have already been raised and are visible in the sky, while Vishnu is seen twice, below and atop the peak.
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An armed warrior mounted on a Turkoman horse in traditional dress, pub. 1912. Creator
An armed warrior mounted on a Turkoman horse in traditional dress, from Vol.1. of Oriental Arms & Armour: Aristocracy, Collection of Henri Moser von Charlottenfels, pub. 1912 (folio). Vol.1. of Oriental Arms & Armour: Aristocracy, Collection of Henry Moser von Charlottenfels; collection made in Turkestan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan; between 1868-1888; Henri Moser was a Swiss explorer, merchant, art collector and patron, who lived and worked in Russia for much of his life.
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One of a pair of bronze bridle bits, found in a peat bog
One of a pair of bronze bridle bits, found in a peat bog. They are decorated with stylised foliage and would have been used to harness a pair of chariot horses. Country of Origin: Ireland. Culture: Celtic. Date/Period: 2nd or 3rd C AD. Place of Origin: Attymon, Co. Galway. Material Size: Bronze. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ National Museum of Ireland . Location: 06.
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